Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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Welcome to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the Region's trout, explore karst terrain, and see our exhilarating exhibit hall! Much more awaits the entire family in a fun and engaging educational journey at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery! Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery, Visitor/Environmental Education Center, and to fish in the creek! Hatchery grounds are open 365 days a year while the Visitor/Environmental Education Center remains open 364 days annually (only closing on Christmas Day). FREE visitation! Make plans today to get connected with nature at Wolf Creek NFH!

Latest News

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STEM enrichment for fourth graders at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

November 30, 2017

What could be better than a beautiful, crisp, sunny October day spent at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery enjoying hands-on science fun? On Friday, Oct. 27, a 10-year tradition continued when more than 230 Russell County fourth graders spent the day immersing in nine exciting STEM stations at the annual Outdoor Eco Day hosted by Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Russell County Soil Conservation District. (STEM is an educational acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) Read more »

Upcoming Events

Flyer for trout trot event, details below. Flyer for trout trot event, details below.

2018 Hatchery Creek Trout Trot 5k

  • Race-day registration: 9:00 - 9:45am CST
  • Award ceremony follows the race
  • Pre-registration (on or before April 3, 2018): $20
  • Late registration (after April 3, 2018): $25
  • Pre-registered, paid participants will receive a free moisture wicking race-day T-shirt.
  • Ages 12 and under are free with a paid adult participant (does not include T-shirt)
  • Extra T-shirts can be purchased in advance. $10 for participants, $15 for non-participants.
  • Pre-registration by mail or online: runsignup.com/race/ky/jamestown/hatcherycreektrouttrot5k
  • Make checks payable to Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc.
  • Mail checks to 50 Kendall Road, Jamestown, KY 42629

Download the two page flyer.

For more information contact Moria Painter or Ashley Buffington by phone at 270-343-3797 or by email at moria_painter@fws.gov or ashley_buffington@fws.gov.

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For a full list of events for 2018 visit our events page.

2018 Earth Day celebration

Flyer for 2018 Earth day festivities.
  • Saturday, April 21st 9:00am - 1:00pm CST
  • Pre registration required. Bring your recyclables (no glass!) and receive a free CFL bulb. Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. will be giving away white oak and hazelnut trees while supplies last.
  • Fishing in the creek
  • Live animals
  • Fly casting
  • Stepping stone workshop* $5
  • Rain barrel workshop
  • Archery
  • For more information contact ashley_buffington@fws.gov

2nd Annual Hatchery Creek Trout Trot 5k Results

Winners pose for a photo after the race.

Download the results

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Public Use Opportunities

  • More than 100,000 visitors yearly
  • Visitor/Environmental Education Center
  • Hatchery tours
  • On-site/Off-site presentations
  • ADA accessible public fishing area
  • Nature Explorer Hiking Trail
  • Fishing Events
  • Nature Craft Club
  • Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc.


Aerial photo of the Wolf Creek water outflow meeting the Cumberland river
Outflow from Wolf Creek NFH meets the Cumberland River. Photo: USFWS.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center
Our Visitor/Environmental Education Center. Photo: USFWS.

Station Facts:
Established: 1975
Number of staff: Nine permanent
Annual budget (FY17): $985,000

Two volunteers clearing a trail.

Volunteers make Wolf Creek NFH great! Volunteers John Adams and Julia Hoss make improvements to the nature trail.

A USFWS team member hand feeds trout in one of the hatchery raceways

Hand feeding fish at the raceways. Photo: USFWS.


USFWS team harvests cultured mussels

Employees harvest mussels cultured on site. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels in hand

Painted creekshell mussels. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels on a rocky substrate

Painted creekshell mussels on rocky substrate. Photo: USFWS.

Last updated: March 15th, 2018